Why should an 18 year old get stuck with a criminal record for life because she possessed a small amount of pot?
The Denver City Council has voted to decriminalize marijuana possession for those between the ages of 18 and 21 who are caught with up to one ounce of pot.
The City Council didn’t make possession by this age group legal — they just reduced the penalty to the level of a parking ticket.
Denver City Councilmen Albus Brooks, who sponsored the ordinance, says:
“It’s still illegal. We just want to make sure we don’t make people pay for the rest of their life.”
The fines are pretty steep — $150 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $999 for third offenses and beyond.